The Enyaq RS iV SUV, Skoda's second all-electric sporting model, has officially set two world ice drift records. The records for the 'Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice' and the 'Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice (electric car)' have been verified by Guinness World Records. They were set by motoring journalist Richard Meaden on a circular track measuring 188.496 m in circumference on the frozen Stortjärnen lake near stersund, Sweden on Thursday 19 January 2023. Skoda's pre-facelift, diesel-powered Kodiaq RS still holds the record for the fastest seven-seat SUV around the Nürburgring. Last month, the Czech automaker, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, travelled to Sweden to attempt to set a different type of record with another of its many SUVs. The fully electric Enyaq RS was put through its paces on a frozen lake in an attempt to break the record for the longest continuous drift on ice.
Richard Meaden got behind the wheel of Skoda's first electric SUV and drove it sideways for 7.35 kilometres. The tail-wagging adventure on a circle with a diameter of 60 metres took 15 minutes and 58 seconds to finish, covering the icy circle 39 times. At one point, the Enyaq RS attained a top speed of 48.67km/h, while the lowest velocity was 31.64km/h. Since Guinness has separate categories for "Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice" and "Longest Continuous Vehicle Drift on Ice (electric car)," Skoda notes that its Enyaq RS actually ended up setting two records. The five days before the record-breaking run included no less than 18 hours of drifting.
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Commenting on the latest feat, Richard Meaden said: “Being back behind the wheel of another record-breaking Škoda is pretty special, going from the Bonneville Salt Flats of the USA to a frozen lake in Scandinavia – setting two different records in two very different cars. I’m incredibly proud to be part of a record-breaking team again 12 years on – who would have thought we’d be here drifting an electric car on ice? It shows just how much the automotive world is changing, and how exciting it is too.”
The Enyaq RS iV SUV, which offers 295bhp and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds thanks to its 82kWh (77kWh net) battery and twin electric motors, is the second all-electric Skoda to carry the RS badge. The Enyaq RS iV produces 460Nm of peak torque with instantaneous acceleration and potent performance with one on each axle. The car can be fast-charged at 135kW, which translates to an 80% charge in as little as 36 minutes.
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